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F1 racing, Bahrain GP: Battle over the desert of the Middle East (Part 1)

Over a long year with shocking events through each race, F1 2020 season gradually comes to an end.

From this weekend, the last tripleheader (3 stages in 3 consecutive weeks) will be held, with the first two taking place in Bahrain and the last one in Abu Dhabi. Going to the final game in the desert, what awaits the racers?

Bahrain International Raceway is one of the works of architect Hermann Tilke with a construction cost of up to 150 million USD. The first F1 race was held here in 2004 on the 5,417 km long “Grand Prix Circuit”, marking the first time F1 has visited the Middle East and has made history. Following its success, the Bahrain GP has been held annually since 2004 (except 2011).

2010 is a little different when the test race took place on the 6,299 km long “Endurance Circuit”. The 2011 demonstration in Bahrain caused the tournament to be canceled. Human rights activists have called for the 2012 race to be canceled, but the event goes on as planned.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the tournament as well as the 900th F1 race in history, the 2014 race was held under a magical desert night, becoming the third race taking place in the evening. Lewis Hamilton is the winner of this particular race. Since then, successive races in Bahrain have been held in the evening.

2020 is the first time Bahrain will hold 2 races in the same season with two different respective structures. “Grand Prix Circuit” is a familiar track used at most F1 events in Bahrain (except 2010).

After a small adjustment in 2005, the track has a lap length of 5,412 km with 15 corners in all. The first corner is named after German legend Michael Schumacher in honor of his achievement. The track’s width is quite large and with some tight corners certainly promises tense position disputes.

As usual, the riders will have to complete 57 laps with a total distance of 308,238 km. Achievement of a fastest lap of 1 minute 31,447 seconds belongs to Pedro de la Rosa (McLaren) established in 2005. And there will be 3 DRS zones for this race with their positions in turn in the straight line crossing the start / finish line (detecting DRS before crab 14), line between detecting DRS before corner 3 and 4 (determining DRS before corner 1), and line between detecting DRS before corner 10 and 11 (detecting DRS before corner 9).